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Sicilienne, Op 78
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composed in 1893 for a production of Molière's Le bourgeois gentilhomme; rescored for cello and piano, among other combinations, in 1898 and dedicated to William Henry Squire; orchestrated version also used in Pelléas et Mélisande

Recordings
'Fauré: Cello Sonata No 2 & other works' (CDA66235)
Fauré: Cello Sonata No 2 & other works
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'Fauré: Cello Sonatas' (CDA67872)
Fauré: Cello Sonatas
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Details
Track 11 on CDA67872 [3'53]
Track 7 on CDA66235 [3'43] Archive Service

Sicilienne, Op 78
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When in 1893 a production of Molière’s Le bourgeois gentilhomme folded, leaving Fauré’s incidental music unheard, the composer took one piece from it and in 1898 recycled it twice, first in the London production of Maeterlinck’s Pelléas et Mélisande, then as a Sicilienne for various combinations. It is a delicate little piece, ending with a subtle juxtaposition of the keys of G minor and E flat major in which the main sections have been couched. It is dedicated to the English cellist William Henry Squire, who in 1898 was a member of the Queen’s Hall Orchestra and later toured with the contralto Clara Butt.

from notes by Roger Nichols © 2012

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